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By Mary R. Harmon

Beyond Grammar: Language, strength, and the school room asks readers to consider the facility of phrases, the facility of language attitudes, and the ability of language rules as they play out in groups, in academic associations, and of their personal lives as participants, academics, and members within the higher group. each one bankruptcy presents prolonged dialogue of a suite of serious language matters that at once impact scholars in study rooms: the political nature of language, the facility of phrases, hate language and bullying, gender and language, dialects, and language guidelines.
Written for pre-service and training academics, this article addresses how academics can alert scholars to the realities of language and power--removing language learn from a “neutral” nook to situate it in the context of political, social, and cultural matters. constructing a severe pedagogy approximately language guideline can assist educators remember the fact that school rooms can both keep latest inequity or handle and lower inequity via severe language study.
A universal framework buildings the chapters of the textual content:
* every one bankruptcy starts with an outline of the language factor in query, and contains references for extra study and for school room use, and gives purposes for lecture room teachers.
* quite a few references to the preferred press and the breadth of language matters came upon therein foreground present suggestion on socio-cultural language concerns, attitudes, criteria, and regulations present in the culture(s) at large.
* References to present and up to date occasions illustrate the language issue’s significance, cartoons deal with the difficulty, and short “For suggestion” actions illustrate the purpose being mentioned and expand the reader’s wisdom and awareness.
* “Personal Explorations” ask readers to head past the textual content to increase additional figuring out; “Teaching Explorations” ask academics to use bankruptcy content material to educating situations.
Beyond Grammar: Language, energy, and the study room is intended for undergraduate and master’s point classes that tackle literacy schooling, linguistics, and problems with language and tradition.

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However, how many of us can recall wincing from the wounds caused by words used as weapons, these wounds sapping our confidence? And how many of us have fenced with words, the look of pain on our victim’s face telling us that we had scored a hit? Words have the power to heal or to hurt. Often words confuse; sometimes they are deliberately chosen to do just that, to obscure meaning and to mislead their hearers. Some words are invested with magical or religious powers; others act as codes known only to insiders; still others are taboo in some social contexts or altogether.

184–186). These two linguists’ work with Native American languages in the early 20th century led to their claim that the linguistic differences in vocabulary categories and grammatical constructions between those languages and English resulted in two different world views, or ways of perceiving the world, that made it almost impossible for speakers of the two different languages to construct reality in the same way. Since their work several decades ago, the theory has been tested in a number of ways, though none of these studies has supported a strong version of the theory.

Are there headlines that seem to suggest a biased perspective? Do any of the headlines use “loaded,” value-laden language as a way of presenting a particular perspective on the issue? 32 CHAPTER 2 2. Ask your students to look at different grammar books that you bring in to the classroom and do an analysis of the perspectives on linguistic variation in each of the texts. How does each one present information on language variation and dialect variation? Do any of them move beyond a simple description of “correct” and “incorrect”?

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